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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Durham University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

This course provides a world-class research environment for postgraduate students in Biological, Cognitive, Social or Developmental Psychology along with more applied aspects such as Educational Psychology, Forensic/Criminological Psychology, Neuroscience (including Neurorehabilitation) and Health Psychology. Much of our research is interdisciplinary both within the department and outside of the department. You will be asked to submit an outline research proposal. It is strongly advised that you approach a potential supervisor before completing this, in order to ensure that they are willing and able to supervise your studies, and that your proposed research is a suitable fit with their research interests. Research students normally have both a primary and additional research supervisor, and two primary co-supervisors, as their supervisory team. We offer a high level of support to our research postgraduates and students are expected to meet with their supervisors at least once per fortnight, and the regularity of meetings is monitored by the Director of Research Students as well as your progression tutor (a departmental academic who is not a supervisor). This course includes three year period in which the first year will be used to develop a research paradigm followed by two years of experimentation. Examined by thesis (traditional or published papers) and viva voce. We use a variety of techniques to answer our questions relating to adult and infant brains including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS), electroencephalography (EEG), eye movement tracking, biophysiological recording as well as the analysis of visuomotor action and psychophysical performance. Our research involves patients with different neurodevelopmental (e.g. ADHD, autism, developmental dyslexia, Williams Syndrome), neurological (e.g. patients with brain lesions, split brain patients) and psychiatric disorders (e.g. bipolar disorder, schizophrenia) as well as healthy participants of all ages, ranging from infants to late adulthood.

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University information

Durham University

  • University League Table

    7th

  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 118 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    190 88%

    7th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    24th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.85 77%

    98th

    18

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